Yesterday we explored water falls in Costa Rica and I learned about patience. Yep, you read that right. It wasn’t the beauty of the outdoors or marveling at mother earth that moved me. It was the waiting that taught me the most.
Buses in Costa Rica aren’t always punctual (or even reliable) and as we waited, and waited, for the bus to take us to our adventure, I realized I was truly being patient. I didn’t feel anxious or annoyed. I actually didn’t think much about it until it had been nearly an hour and the possibility that it might not ever come crossed our minds. This matters because if you look up the definition of “impatient” you’ll find my picture. That quote, “Patience is not the ability to wait, but the ability to keep a good attitude while waiting”…yeah, I failed on the regular.
A closer look reveals that the real issue stemmed from time, and the feeling that there was never enough. Even when there weren’t any pressing issues or demands of a deadline, I operated as if time was my enemy, always needing to be doing something or else I was wasting it. As loved ones will attest, my life motto is, “Ain’t nobody got time for that!” (I have the hat, and EVERYTHING.)
In the past, a one hour wait would have ruined my day. I would have whined and complained, claiming my schedule was wrecked. And maybe it was. We were busy people with lots going on. It was a life of events, and errands, and exciting opportunities. But I always hated that feeling of never enough time because it robbed me of being in those times. While doing the current thing on the list my mind constantly wandered off to the next thing on the list. (And, oh, was I good at making lists.)
But yesterday I got a taste of what it feels like to not be that person. To be accepting of the minutes passing before me without feeling rushed or worried. The practice in patience was a good one for me and I’m grateful for the beautiful scenery, the company of friends, and buses that never come.
(We took a taxi.) :)
“You will get there when you get there and not one moment sooner.
So relax, breathe, and be patient.”